The freedom to work in your underwear is a luxury not available to most. But should it be? According to Virgin CEO Richard Branson, yes. The "rock star billionaire" pushed back against a controversial memo
from Yahoo! head Marissa Mayer telling staffers that they'd better start coming into the office - or else.
"Beginning in June, we're asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices," stated Mayer. "It is critical that we are all present in our offices; some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, and impromptu team meetings."
It's an ethos Branson is calling "backwards" among other things:
"To successfully work with other people, you have to trust each other," stated Branson, as reported
by Business Insider
. "A big part of this is trusting people to get their work done wherever they are, without supervision."
But while the trends in working environment echo Branson's point of view - more and more folks are working remotely all the time - it might behoove those in love with their home office to follow Mayer's lead. According to
Stanford University researchers, working from home reduces the likelihood of promotion by 50%.
What was that saying? "Out of sight, out of mind
Via Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal